Not exactly a poor bridge so much as an interesting story, that doesn’t fit into the ‘Tale from DUBC’ section.
Imagine you are dealt:
Q J T x x
A J x x x
Your partner opens 1, RHO passes. What's you approach to the bidding? What do you expect the final contract to be? Presumably you bid 2 and then bid diamonds later, expecting to land in a game of some kind.
Now imagine your partner is Rob M, who has been a total muppet and opened 1 out of turn. Partner is barred from bidding again, and you must pick the contract. One decision, one bid. Your choice? Well it’s a game going effort isn’t it – 6 Losers, 12 points – but in what? Your playing 4 card majors so 4 doesn’t look all that good a bet. 3NT – the contract that everyone wants to be in – could be an embarrassing spot on a club lead. 4 is probably the bid to make: It’ll be better than 4 most of time, even with King double with partner it rates to be a reasonable spot.
Now stretch your imagination even further and pretend your Neil, playing at gradsoc on a nothing evening. Yeh, I know, this really is stretching the imagination, but then so did his bid.
Missing the top two trumps, Ace of clubs, King-Queen of Diamonds and the King of spades – but partner only has to have around four of these cards and trump support so it’s a clear bid. If you’re Neil.
I should be Neil more often. Dummy comes down with:
A K x
K x x
A K x
6 is colder than cold (and the best slam to boot). With bidding science denied to him, Neil showed impressive high-level decision-making skills here. No luck in it at all!